This week we sprung forward with daylight savings time and the thermometer hit 70 degrees after several weeks of ice and snow. After a long winter, kayak fisherman are starting to get excited. Walleye and white bass are already moving up the rivers/creeks and with a week of steady warm weather the crappie fishing should get ready to turn on.
But for the competitive kayak bass angler in Arkansas, this week signals something else. It is now tournament time! The Razoryak Tournament Trail is about to get into full swing across the state and this year for the first time there will be a Arkansas State Kayak Bass Fishing Champion crowned. Don't get me wrong, I love recreational fishing as much as anyone, but there is something about the competition and comraderie I experience at kayak fishing events that makes fishing them one of my favorite things to do. Even if the fish are not cooperating that day, I am glad to donate to the prize pool, and just hang out with what I think is the greatest group of anglers in the fishing community.
Make no mistake though, I want to win as much as the next guy. Scouting, planning, pre fishing, and researching for the next tournament is sometimes as much fun for me as the actual event. I feel like staying sharp for upcoming tournaments makes me a better fisherman overall, and that in turn makes all of my trips more productive and fun.
So whatever your experience level, I would suggest getting out to a kayak bass fishing tournament near you this year. The friends you will make, the things you will learn, and the fun you will have will be well worth the entry fee. And even if you don't feel up to tournament fishing, find an event near you on the calendar and just go hang out. Kayak fisherman are a friendly/helpful bunch of people, and most of us love to talk about how our kayaks are set up and offer up advice to beginners.
For more info on Arkansas Kayak Bass Fishing Tournaments visit: razoryak.com